The Neo-Futurists’ signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its nineteenth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light, with its ever-changing “menu,” is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. The cast members always appear as themselves on stage, speaking directly from their personal experiences. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with twenty-nine other plays through high-energy audience participation. Each week, these plays shift as ensemble members add new plays to the existing body of work. Each night of performance, they create an unreproducable living newspaper collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, and the visceral and experimental.
The Neo-Futurists are a Chicago-based avant-garde theater troupe best known for their long-running production, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes), which has been running in Chicago since 1988 and New York City since 2004.